1986 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco
The Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial is one of the most beautiful white wines in the world and without a doubt the best white wine ever made in Spain. The wine is mainly made from Viura (97%) with a little Malvasia (3%) from a vineyard planted in 1945 and located in the highest part of the Ygay estate at 485 meters in the La Rioja Alta. The wine has been brought up for 252 months in American oak barriques of 225 liters and 67 months in the concrete tanks. The Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco has a very subtle nose and it is a bit shy even a bit closed at first. This wine from 1986 was only bottled in March 2015, so a bit crazy to say that this wine still looks very young, but that is the case. This amazing wine will improve over the years and has a drinking window of 50+ years. A nice anecdote is that the 1919 vintage of this wine was tasted after 97 years and was then still in perfect condition.
Luis Gutiérrez from the Wine-Advocate has tasted a bottle and this one tasted an opened bottle again after a week and there was no oxidation to taste yet and he found the wine to be even more beautiful after it had been open for a day. The next release of this cult wine will probably be the 1998, so that will certainly wait until 2025 until a next release of this wine
In the nose we smell spicy aromas with hints of petals, dried fruits, quince. In the mouth this wine is very elegant and powerful. It has an excellent acidity. Very mineral and fat with a very long and unprecedentedly beautiful aftertaste. There is really nothing negative about the wine and this is the perfect wine and this is confirmed by Parker who has given this wine 100 points.
Maximum 2 bottles per person. OP is OP
It has not yet reached the market yet but it has already made history: Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986, a real made by Marqués de Murrieta, has been rated 100 Points by Robert Parker. This is the first time such an important accolade is given to a white wine is Spain.
After being tasted by Luis Gutierrez, the critic responsible for reviewing Spanish wines in Robert Parker's 'The Wine Advocate', he states that it is “one of the best white wines I've ever tasted in my whole life.” Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986 stands as the only wine that has achieved the highest score, an equally more difficult achievement for a white wine.
This milestone not only marks before and after in the history of Spanish wines, but also highlights the ongoing serious and honest commitment that has always been marked Marqués de Murrieta and the Cebrián-Sagarriga family. Celebrating its 165's anniversary, the oldest winery in Rioja, led by Vicente Cebrian-Sagarriga, Count of Creixell, is more alive than ever.
With this vintage, the winery resumes its long tradition of making Castillo Ygay White and makes it the best possible way: presenting a wine that turns 30 years to the market. In order to rate the wine, the prestigious publication led by Robert Parker made a vertical tasting of Castillo Ygay white, from 1919 to 1986. Among the vintages tasted, the critic also gift top marks to two other historic vintages: Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 1919 and 1932. the mark stands as the only in the world to achieve 100 points by Parker three times in one tasting, celebrating 100 years of high scores.
After spending 252 months in 225 liters of American oak barrels and 67 months in concrete tanks, the wine is aged in bottles for more than three years to reach, 30 years after the harvest of the grape, the best expression of this wine from the first Rioja Winery founded in 1852.
Castillo Ygay -red and white- represents the raison d'être or Marqués de Murrieta: timeless wines that remain in history and are located at the apex of global excellence forever.
|Available as of
|Jun 8, 2023
|Type of Wine
|Icon Spain & Portugal
|Marques de Murrieta
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Dry, Aged on wood, Tense, White fruit
|Met vrienden, Open haard